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    Since the magnetic compass doesn't work up over the North Pole we use "True" headings instead of "Magnetic" headings up there.

    When I flew bombers and tankers, the navigators would do something called "Grid Navigation" when we got up around the Arctic Circle.

    I wish I could explain how grid navigation worked but that was an arcane secret known only to navigators.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:22:48 AM PDT

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